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Rochester, MN Events

 The next big event is always just around the corner (or coming up soon!) in Rochester, MN. Annual can't-miss events include Winterfest and SocialIce (Rochester's outdoor ice bar) as well as RochesterFest and the Thursdays on First & 3rd festival every week from June 1 to August 31. Experience Rochester's friendliness and enthusiam for celebrating by attending one of our many entertaining events!    


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Sunday Sep 24, 2017

Scenic Mississippi River Valley & National Eagle Center Tour

September 24, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Location: Pick up directly at your hotel or any location in Rochester

Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty and unique culture of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, rated among the top scenic drives in America. We'll journey through picturesque "Bluff Country" on our way to the mighty river where we'll visit Whitewater State Park visitor center, an apple house and/or elegant winery, a magical toy shop that is the largest in the country, historic river towns, and the National Eagle Center. 

Trivia Night // Tap House

September 24, 2017
  • Location: The Tap House
  • Address: 10 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: The Tap House

Trivia at The Tap House every Sunday! Prizes include: free round of drinks to round winners and bar tab to the game winner.

2017 Lourdes High School Sports Hall of Fame

September 24, 2017

Join us at the 11th Annual Lourdes High School Sports Hall of Fame to recognize and celebrate inductees: Ben Garry '97, Russ Higgins '95, Marylee (Libera) Horstmann '82, Tim Kelley '74, Brian Kelly '72, and Rachel (Horgen) Ties '97. Also honored will be Dr. Michael Stuart, Gene Eiden Award recipient, and the 2000-2005 Varsity Boys Golf Teams. Order tickets by September 18 at lourdesfoundation.org or by calling 507-289-2584.

Alpaca Farm Open House

September 24, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Pauley Alpaca Company Farm
  • Address: 4220 Eastwood Road SE, Rochester, MN 55904

The Pauley Alpaca Company (PAC) is inviting the public to their farm to meet alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, and the luxury fiber they produce. You can experience some of the joy we receive from raising these wonderful animals, feel the fleece, tour our farm, kids craft, scavenger hunt, and shop for unique alpaca gifts in our gift shop. Rain or shine.

Fireball Run Welcome Celebration

September 24, 2017
  • Location: Peace Plaza Downtown
  • Address: 1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Peace Plaza Downtown

Help welcome the Fireball Run Big Country participants and crew as they roll into Rochester.  Fireball Run is an authentically filmed series chronicling the endeavor and excitement of 40 aspirational driving teams leaving their lives behind in search of amazing places, unique attractions, and extraordinary people. Throughout every competition day, these teams are provided several trivia clues called Missions, each one relating to a unique point of interest. If solved, it's answer reveals a... Visit Website

Family Fun Farm & Corn Maze

September 24, 2017 - October 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Location: Tweite's Pumpkin Patch
  • Address: 1821 Frontier Road SW, Byron, MN 55920

Plan a trip for an adventure at Tweite's Family Farm. The farm is celebrating 29 years of wholesome family fun and activities. Enjoy the award winning 22-acre Fun Park, 12-Acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Specialty Foods. 

Historic Mayowood Mansion Tour

September 24, 2017 - October 26, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Location: Mayowood Mansion
  • Address: 3720 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Mayowood Mansion

The Mayowood Mansion tour allows you to experience this historic home of three generations of the Mayo Family. Each tour lasts about 1 hour. Purchase tickets at the Mayowood Mansion or the History Center. There are no tours given on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and the mansion is closed on all major holidays.     

Wine Trail Trolley Tour

September 24, 2017 - October 29, 2017
  • Location: Trolley departs from Government Center
  • Address: 151 4th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Experience the Mississippi River Valley Wine Country by Trolley. Highlights include Whitewater Wines, Villa Bellezza Vineyard & Winery, Falconer Vineyards & Winery, and Lake Pepin Winery. Advance reservations required online or by phone.

Sekapp Orchard

September 24, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  • Location: Sekapp Orchard
  • Address: 3415 Collegeview Road E, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Sekapp Orchard

Sekapp Orchard is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Rochester. With more than 170 acres of more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, Sekapp is Rochester's largest grower of fresh produce. Access to the orchard and wagon rides will require a purchase of an apple bag per person who wishes to enter. 

Sunday Night Hosted Jam

September 24, 2017 - December 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Location: Kathy's Pub
  • Address: 307 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Kathy's Pub

Every Sunday Night at 8:30pm Kathy's Pub features some of the best musicians SE Minnesota.

Jazz Jam hosted by the D'Sievers

September 24, 2017 - January 28, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Sunday
  • Address: 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • Venue: Forager Brewery

Join the D'Sievers rhythm section for another Jazz Jam at Forager. These jams are always a lot of fun and you never know what might happen! Get your name on the sign up sheet and see what jazzy magic transpires. 

Monday Sep 25, 2017

Harmony for Mayo Program - John McCutcheon

September 25, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Clinic Charlton Building
  • Address: 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905

Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program presents John McCutcheon - Songwriter/Story Teller, in the Lips Atrium, Charlton Building.

Saint Marys Hospital: 1889-1953, An Architectural History: Option 1

September 25, 2017

The human story of the partnership between Mother Alfred Moes and Dr. W.W. Mayo is firmly embedded in our local lore. This presentation brings together many facts pertaining to the important architectural history of the original hospital building, and also of the major building additions, culminating with the demolition of the original building in 1953. 

Saint Marys Hospital: 1889-1953, An Architectural History: Option 2

September 25, 2017

The human story of the partnership between Mother Alfred Moes and Dr. W.W. Mayo is firmly embedded in our local lore. This presentation brings together many facts pertaining to the important architectural history of the original hospital building, and also of the major building additions, culminating with the demolition of the original building in 1953. 

Fireball Run Sendoff Celebration

September 25, 2017
  • Location: Peace Plaza Downtown
  • Address: 1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Peace Plaza Downtown

Cheer on the Fireball Run Big Country participants and crews as the flag is waved and the driving teams depart Rochester. Fireball Run is an authentically filmed series chronicling the endeavor and excitement of 40 aspirational driving teams leaving their lives behind in search of amazing places, unique attractions, and extraordinary people. Throughout every competition day, these teams are provided several trivia clues called Missions, each one relating to a unique point of interest. If solv... Visit Website

Exhibit of Work by Nancy Grist and Kristine Fretheim

September 25, 2017 - October 21, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Crossings at Carnegie
  • Address: 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992

The public is invited to this free event which will include an opportunity to view the art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and light snacks. Nancy Grist has been practicing art and architecture in the Twin Cities area for 24 years and enjoys a sunny studio office in bustling Northeast Minneapolis. 

Sekapp Orchard

September 25, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  • Location: Sekapp Orchard
  • Address: 3415 Collegeview Road E, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Sekapp Orchard

Sekapp Orchard is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Rochester. With more than 170 acres of more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, Sekapp is Rochester's largest grower of fresh produce. Access to the orchard and wagon rides will require a purchase of an apple bag per person who wishes to enter. 

Escape Challenge

September 25, 2017 - November 22, 2017

Locked in a room. 60 minutes on the clock. Can you complete the mission and escape the room before time expires? Choose your mission. Mission one is Norwegian Job. You are a group of thieves trying to get back your cash, diamonds and gold that are locked in a room. Can you find your loot and escape before time expires? Mission two is a rescue mission. Part of your team has been captured. You need to sneak into a cartel safe house, free the prisoners, and then find a way to escape. All... Visit Website

Assisi Heights Tour

September 25, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Enjoy a guided tour of Assisi Heights, home to the Sisters of Saint Francis, who were instrumental in establishing the first hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Please call for tour reservations.

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017

Trivia Mafia

September 26, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Location: Grand Rounds Brew Pub
  • Address: 4 3rd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902
  • Venue: Grand Rounds Brew Pub

Get your smartypants down to Grand Rounds Brewing Company for Tuesday night trivia with Trivia Mafia! Prizes and pints!

Save a Snag! Protecting Red-headed Woodpeckers

September 26, 2017
  • Location: Quarry Hill Nature Center
  • Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, MN 55906
  • Venue: Quarry Hill Nature Center

Red-headed Woodpeckers were once a common sight in southern Minnesota. Unfortunately they are declining dramatically and rarely seen unless you know exactly where to look. Gene Merriam will talk to us about how the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis and the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Committee is working toward saving and creating nesting habitat for these beautiful birds.

Halestorm

September 26, 2017
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center - Auditorium
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Mayo Civic Center

Widely acknowledged as one of modern hard rock's most explosive live acts, Grammy Award winning band, Halestorm, recently released their third studio album INTO THE WILD LIFE.

Exhibit of Work by Nancy Grist and Kristine Fretheim

September 26, 2017 - October 21, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Crossings at Carnegie
  • Address: 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, MN 55992

The public is invited to this free event which will include an opportunity to view the art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and light snacks. Nancy Grist has been practicing art and architecture in the Twin Cities area for 24 years and enjoys a sunny studio office in bustling Northeast Minneapolis. 

Sekapp Orchard

September 26, 2017 - October 31, 2017
  • Location: Sekapp Orchard
  • Address: 3415 Collegeview Road E, Rochester, MN 55904
  • Venue: Sekapp Orchard

Sekapp Orchard is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Rochester. With more than 170 acres of more than 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables, Sekapp is Rochester's largest grower of fresh produce. Access to the orchard and wagon rides will require a purchase of an apple bag per person who wishes to enter. 

Escape Challenge

September 26, 2017 - November 22, 2017

Locked in a room. 60 minutes on the clock. Can you complete the mission and escape the room before time expires? Choose your mission. Mission one is Norwegian Job. You are a group of thieves trying to get back your cash, diamonds and gold that are locked in a room. Can you find your loot and escape before time expires? Mission two is a rescue mission. Part of your team has been captured. You need to sneak into a cartel safe house, free the prisoners, and then find a way to escape. All... Visit Website

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